Action! presents Pistol or Prayer - A Documentary Workshop @ Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles [20 August]

Action! presents Pistol or Prayer - A Documentary Workshop

12:00 - 16:00

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Echo Park Film Center
1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, California 90026


This workshop is free and open to young filmmakers ages 19 – 35 with priority given to traditionally media-marginalized populations. Write us at [email protected] for more info and sign up. Limited slots and signing up early is encouraged.

For this workshop, participants are invited to bring in objects imbued with personal meaning: letters, photos, keepsakes, etc., as the starting point for personal documentaries on the topic of memory and the self in the present moment.

This workshop is part of “ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary” summer series. Program support provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Born in Osaka (Japan), 1987. After graduating from Kansai Gaidai Junior College, ODA started filmmaking at Hollins University (US), where she completed the film course in 2011. Her first short film “Thus A Noise Speaks” was presented at festivals such as Tokyo International LGBT Film festival, IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, and Nara International Film Festival where it received the Audience Award. She lived in Sarajevo for three years from 2013 and completed the Doctor of Liberal Arts in filmmaking under the supervision of Bela Tarr in 2016. Her first feature, ARAGANE, had its World Premiere at YAMAGATA International Film Festival 2015 and received Special Mention. The film is currently on tour at festivals around such as Doclisboa, Mar del Plata IFF, Sarajevo FF, Taiwan International Documentary FF and more. She is a recipient of Grants for Overseas Study by Young Artists of Pola Art Foundation.

Kaori also will screen her films Thus A Noise Speaks (2010, 38 min.) and Toward A Common Tenderness (work in progress, 63 min.) on Saturday, August 19 at 8PM at EPFC. For more info, please visit

ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary

Political documentary films take on a renewed role amid a reinvigorated rage against immigrants, refugees, and people of color in many places around the world. Through politically engaged cinematic work, many filmmakers are confronting old and new forms of racism, the deepening ungrievability of Black and Brown lives, and precarious realities faced by minority communities including indigenous peoples, the elderly, refugees, women and children. ACTION! series: Cinema as Sanctuaryfeatures political documentary films that re-assert the images and stories that remind us that a compassionate world rooted upon solidarity, friendship, and collective action is possible.

June 2 The Native and the Refugee (with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny)
June 16 Pangandoy (with Hiyasmin Saturay)
July 7 Laps (with R.J. Lozada)
July 26 K-Town '92 (with Grace Lee)
August 4 Nobel Nok Dah (with Emily Hong) August 19 Toward A Common Tenderness (with Kaori Oda)

June 3 What is a Political Film? (with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny)
June 18 Making Films that Serve our Communities (with Hiyasmin Saturay)
July 9 Collaboration & Cocreation in Documentary Filmmaking (with R.J. Lozada)
August 6 Social Justice Music Videos (with Emily Hong) August 19 Pistol or Prayer: Documentary As A Way of Remembering (with Kaori Oda)

Curated by Nerve Macaspac of the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nerve is an award-winning filmmaker and a PhD candidate at UCLA Geography Department. His research focuses on community-led spatial strategies in protecting vulnerable civilian lives.

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